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Clatsop college board member receives top state honors

The Howard Cherry Awards, named after a Portland orthopedic surgeon and education advocate, honor representatives of community colleges who make a difference

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 13, 2017 8:36AM

Rosemary Baker-Monaghan

Rosemary Baker-Monaghan


Rosemary Baker-Monaghan, a Clatsop Community College Board member since 2000, was named the Outstanding Board Member at Oregon Community College Association’s 2017 Howard Cherry Awards.

College President Christopher Breitmeyer said in a release that Baker-Monaghan has been an outstanding leader, campus diversity champion, and passionate advocate for classroom security and campus safety.

“Rosemary’s dedication, focus and passion for higher education has served the constituents of Clatsop County responsibly and proudly,” he said.

In addition to the college board, Baker-Monaghan has served on boards with Clatsop Economic Development Resources, the Lewis and Clark National Park Association, Astoria Rotary Club and Lower Columbia Tourism Committee. She served 12 years in public office from 1991 to 2003 with Seaside, including 4 1/2 years on the Planning Commission, four years on the City Council and four years as mayor.

Currently serving her fourth elected four-year term, Baker-Monaghan represents areas around Arch Cape, Cannon Beach, Seaside, Gearhart and Warrenton. Over the past 17 years, she has helped with several presidential searches, campus planning and redevelopment, significant budget cuts and campus improvements of more than $40 million.

The Howard Cherry Award recognizes board members, employees and advocates of community colleges who make a difference. They are named after the late Dr. Howard Cherry, a Portland orthopedic surgeon, founding member of the Association of Community College Trustees and a trustee of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges.



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